Free Things to Do This Christmas in Greenville, SC

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Looking for some free things to do this holiday season in Greenville? Christmas can be a little hard on the budget. So we’ve rounded up top picks that are both friendly to your wallet and fun for your family during your holiday break. Add a few to your calendar to get you out of the house and away from the shopping frenzy.

For even more holiday fun, don’t miss the Ultimate Holiday Guide to Greenville, SC. It’s packed full of things to do, gift ideas, events, and more!

Festival of Trees | Hyatt Regency Greenville

Free Family Holiday Activities Around Greenville, SC

The St Francis Festival Of Trees
This FREE event is hosted by The St. Francis Foundation is with us again. Your family can stroll through one of three downtown locations to admire the decorated Christmas trees. Choose a single location or visit all three this holiday season.
November 18th – December 26th, 2022

  • Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
  • Courtyard Marriot Downtown, 50 West Broad Street Greenville, SC 29601
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton – Riverplace, 250 Riverplace Greenville, SC 29601
Festival of Trees | Hyatt Regency Greenville

Santa At Cabela’s Winter Wonderland
November 6th, 2022 through December 24, 2022
Head over to Greenville to visit Santa at Cabela’s! You can get your photo taken with Santa for free and kids can enjoy making a different craft every week leading up to Christmas. In Santa’s, Winter Wonderland kids can also write a letter to Santa for free!

Holiday Hop in Travelers Rest, SC (November 26th, 2022)
Tree Lighting, Christmas kids craft station, stories with Mrs. Claus, Free professional photos with Santa (available for download after the event) all on Main Street in Travelers Rest, SC.

Sheep Trail by Messy Church Aldersgate UMC (December 2-29, 2022): Find sheep downtown using the trail card and write their unique names while exploring new shops & stores!

Ride the Trolley and Attend the FREE Holiday Happening Events in Downtown Greenville: Free events include the Christmas parade, tree lighting, free trolley rides, postcard displays, window displays and Festival of Trees.

Drop off letters to Santa at these Santa Mail Drop-off Locations: Make sure your letter to Santa arrives on time.

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge: This is a short day trip from Greenville but totally worth it. The Flowering Bridge in Lake Lure, NC is free and during Christmas, they light it up! See our story on the cool bridge, which also includes things to do in the Chimney Rock Village just down the street (I’d recommend getting hot chocolate).

More Holiday Fun With Kidding Around Greenville

Christmas Parades around the Upstate
While many of these parades are happening before Christmas break begins, your time is still well-spent browsing the list and making at least one other holiday parade a key feature of your December.

The 2022 Holiday Light Tour
Kidding Around has created a map with suggested driving routes to make this socially distant tradition easy!
Load the family in the car and follow these routes for a super simple, yet super special, night (or nights) of enjoying Holiday lights together.

Personal Home Light Shows and Drive-thru Professional Displays around the Upstate
Kidding Around has put together a handy-dandy list of homes and businesses in the upstate which allow for drive-by holiday lights at a masterful level. While many of the professional displays cost money, there are lots of free opportunities as well. Nothing beats free and warm-inside-your-car during December. You can check the list by scrolling down to “Home Synchronized Light Shows.”

Live Nativities around the Upstate
We have also assembled all the MVPs hosting Live Nativities this year. The live animals and actors are always entertaining and slightly unpredictable—just a great tradition for your family to begin all around.

About the Author
Taryn Gamble lives in a big blue fixer-upper in Piedmont, SC with her four kids, an adorable Holland Lop bunny, and an endless list of chores. When not baking snickerdoodles, she prefers to be barefoot outside, instilling a love of learning in her kids.

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